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Virgin Atlantic launches a special New York City World Pride flight for 2019

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Virgin Atlantic is launching a unique flight to take you to the World Pride event in New York next June.

This will be a flight like no other, it’s fair to say.  Staffed entirely by LGBT+ pilots and cabin crew, it will be hosted by Tituss Burgess – a Broadway musical actor and star of the Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – and will feature special guests and live performances. 

It will include an on board DJ, ‘Drag-Queen Bingo’, a Judy Garland singalong, inter-seat speed dating and special in-flight entertainment.

Virgin Atlantic pride flight New York 2019

A portion of ticket sales from the flight will be donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation in the UK.  Further fundraising and raffles will take place on-board.

The flight departs from Heathrow to Newark on 28th June.  Flexible return dates are available.

Flight-only information is on the Virgin Atlantic website here.  Economy seats start at £380 so there doesn’t seem to be any surcharge for the entertainment, given that June is approaching peak season.  You can only book by telephone.

Flight plus hotel packages are available via Virgin Holidays here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 15,000 points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (135)

  • Russell says:

    FairFX trick done, great tip, thanks!

  • BluehorizonUK says:

    OT: Has anyone heard back from Diners Club after applying for the new Miles More card?

  • nick says:

    I have a 5 year old Iberia Plus account. My last activity on this account was 500 miles that expired in July 2018 due to non activity – so my current balance is 0.

    Have tried transferring BA and Avios to my Iberia without any luck – all different error messages. Finally spoke to someone at Ibera, who said u cannot transfer avios into iberia if the last activity on your iberia account was an expiration of miles entry.

    So, any idea how else I can get a mile or two into my iberia account? I dont want to buy avios incase it still does not work

    • Shoestring says:

      Quickest & easiest is to transfer in 1000 MR points from your Amex. Cheapest is logging into thru the IB shopping portal and buying a £2.80 secondhand book (many booksellers offer international sales as well, so your book will be sold in UK & posted to you in UK) – same Ebay login details as your UK a/c.

      • nick says:

        thanks great idea!! – have gone the 1000 MR points. hope it makes it to the other end

        • Pup says:

          Just a further complication with Iberia is that if your account has no activity it goes into dormant status and no miles can enter either.

          You need to contact them first to reactivate the account or else your 1000 miles will probably be stuck in the ether somewhere!!

    • xcalx says:

      I have just transferred erewards into IB to reactivate a previously inactive account. It does now allow transfers in, but the ability to transfer out is not working I assume it will take 90 days as with new accounts..

  • sunguy says:


    Is it just me – or are other folks also getting bombarded with emails from KLM ? Ive had 9 emails in the last 24hrs – some duplicate, some not – all to the same exact email address ,.,,,?

  • Stephan says:

    For the HSBC premier requirements if you meet the income requirement, do you know what needs to satisfied to meet the second requirement:

    and one of the following products with HSBC in the UK: a mortgage, investment, life insurance or protection product.

    If I have £100 investment with the HSBC platform or home insurance does that qualify me for the account?

    • Bonglim says:

      I put 100 pounds in to a Global investment centre account – and they were quite happy to count that.
      Is now worth 154!

      HSBC premier do occasional transfer bonuses, you might want to wait for that – although you might have just missed one.

      • Shoestring says:

        Our 2 Orbis ISAs are doing well, up nearly 15% since April (and that’s not counting the free £100).

        I went to cash about 7 days ago, seems I got the timing right 🙂

        For those waiting: no free matching £100 offer repeat just yet from Orbis.

      • Stephan says:

        Thanks Bonglim I will look to open up a investment with account and hopefully once the market cools it will also be a good time to start investing!

  • Ols says:

    O/T Just book 1st class LHR to Newark on 777 for next year. There are 4 if us including a 7 and 10 year old. Any advice on what the best seats are for a family of four? We’re booked across row 2 at the moment but someone suggested booking all window seats so we’re one behind the other. TIA.

    • Genghis says:

      Note there’s four rows and can only select 1A / F if Gold until circa t-72 hrs

    • Rob says:

      Problem in F is that you can’t see the kids without getting up if they are lined up against the window.

      Having done this myself with a 6 and 9 year old, I would put the kids together in the middle and then either a parent on each window seat, so you are 1-2-1 across, or have the parents behind each other on the windows on the same side with the youngest kid in the centre seat nearest you so you can see it clearly at all times.

      • Ols says:

        Good advice Rob. Think I’ll stick with four across row 2 then. BTW is there a kids area in the Concorde room? One of the reasons we chose first for this leg is that I’ve wanted to try it for a while.

    • Kevin C says:

      There is no kid’s area in the Concorde Room but the indoor/outdoor section has some big tables with sofas which are pretty private and you can look out at the rest of the terminal from there.

  • Wivus says:

    O/T Just received e-mail from Tesco giving bonus 1k Avios for minimum £5 in vouchers. So 2,200 for £5. Up to 15th November if you have any running out. Once only it appears.

  • FHus says:

    Can you simply use the FairFX for online (UK vendor) purchases? Obviously it would incur an FX fee… (?)

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